In this exotic adventure story, Gary Cooper is an American soldier of fortune in the Northern provinces of China during the days when many warlords terrorized China, draining their fiefdoms of money, land, and goods. The worst of the lords is Akim Tamiroff, a cunning, savage bandit who
intends to take over the entire country and place one of his top aides in control of each of China's 12 provinces. Cooper despises Tamiroff and his plug-uglies and agrees to smuggle gold to Shanghai to buy ammunition and arms for a peasant uprising against them. After meeting rebel leader Dudley
Digges, Cooper survives an assassination attempt by Philip Ahn, Tamiroff's chief henchman...